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  1. After finishing the 2/3 scale guitar build for my daughters I took a little time off to work on other projects. Household carpentry, building a combat robot, etc. But for the past few years I've been wanting to build an acoustic instrument, as that's mostly what I play these days. I play primarily mandolin, and I have several of those as well as a guitar bodied octave mandolin. So I thought, why not fill in the gap and build a mandola! I love the look of guitar bodied octave mandolins, which are becoming more popular. They're generally based on smaller bodied archtop jazz guitars. My octave has a 14" lower bout. And as they look so cool, and as this would be an incredibly rare bird, I thought I'd make the mandola with a sort of pseudo guitar body as well. So, it's 3/4 a shrunken down archtop guitar body with a mandolin style 'open hook' scroll ala the great luthier John Monteleone. Here's a rendering- Some specs on this - Scale length: 17" Body width: Just under 11.5" Body Rib depth: 1.75" Woods - Top: Old Growth Redwood Back & Sides (ribs): Lightly Curly Local Black Cherry Fretboard: Bocote Neck: Laminate of Cherry/Walnut/Flamed Maple/Walnut/Cherry Misc Appointments: Macassar Ebony Here are a few pics of the various woods- The top, freshly joined: The neck blank, all glued up and cleaned up: The rough cut back of local cherry. You can see a little wide curl in it: Beyond that I've cut and thicknessed the sides down to 2mm, cut the headstock angle in the neck blank, and am working on the form to be used for side bending and top/back attachment. Progress will be slow because, well, that's just who I am... And I make no apologies!
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